Average Mid-Career Sales Associate Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Mid-Career Sales Associate is $11.16.
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Hourly Rate
$9 - $15
$194 - $19,406
Profit Sharing
$96 - $3,991
$6 - $34,279
Total Pay
$18,642 - $53,346

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Job Description for Sales Associate

The top respondents for the job title Sales Associate are from the companies The Home Depot Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc and Macy's, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. where the average pay is $12.08. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Best Buy and The Home Depot Inc., earning around $11.96 and $11.83, respectively. Dollar General Corporation pays the lowest at around $8.66. JCPenney and Macy's, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $10.39 and $10.93, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Sales Associate

Skills in Customer Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Organizing, Cash Handling, Retail and Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Sales Associate

An entry-level Sales Associate with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $9.86 based on 3,498 salaries. An early career Sales Associate with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $10.24 based on 15,823 salaries. An experienced Sales Associate with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.11 based on 2,827 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $12.
Employees with Sales Associate in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 18.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (14.9% more) and Chicago, Illinois (13.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (3.2% less).

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